1991 Mazda 787B

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The Mazda 787B was a prototype racing car built for the 24 hours of Le Mans auto race, replacing the 767. It used a 4-rotor 26B Wankel engine which produced over 700 hp (522 kW).

The 787B’s 1991 win at Le Mans was historic in two ways: It marked the first (and only) victory for a Japanese manufacturer, and the first (and only) overall victory for a car powered by a Wankel rotary engine. The 787B was designed by Englishman Nigel Stroud. Three 787B’s were entered for the 1991 event, placing first, sixth, and eighth.

The most famous of the Mazda 787B cars is the #55 car, painted in an outrageous bright orange and green scheme, sporting the logos of Renown and CHARGE.

The #55 car led the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans for three hours, from lap 320 to the finish, claiming the win. Drivers Johnny Herbert, Bertrand Gachot, and Volker Weidler completed 362 laps (4923.2 km/3059.1 miles), finishing 27.2 km ahead of the second-place car with an average speed of 205.3 km/h.


I remember the shrieking, popping and banging from this beauty as the hours counted down at Le Mans 1991, an even better sound than a V10 F1 engine a sound all of its own really!!!!

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